Apparatus & Equipment, Firefighting, Truck Company

Engine Company: You’re an Engineer; Now What?

Issue 2 and Volume 168.

By Paul Spurgeon Congratulations! you have just been promoted to the rank of engineer. You should be proud of yourself. You have worked hard studying the books, memorizing pump charts, setting up the aerial, and pumping until your boots are filled with water, and now it has paid off. Your co-workers and friends all wish you well, and there might even be a party to celebrate. At this point, you feel like you could take on the world. But wait: Is that a gnawing feeling of anxiety in the pit of your stomach? RELATED Developing a Fire Stream Fireground Pump Operations: Mastering the Panel Every Pump Operator’s Basic Equation Friction Loss Rules of Thumb Hopefully, there is even more to learn. You are now in a position that garners respect if you handle it properly. People in the lower ranks will look to you for answers. Superiors will look to…

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